Search Results: "A. Roger Ekirch"


BOOK REVIEW

AT DAY’S CLOSE by A. Roger Ekirch
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"A fascinating tale but, unfortunately, often in need of more graceful telling. (60 b&w illustrations, 8 pp. color illustrations, not seen)"
Before the Industrial Revolution, the daily departure of the sun had effects on people far different from those we experience in our own brightly illuminated age. Why? A first-time author explains. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The Robbins controversy featured arguments about alien rights, asylum, national identity, and the meaning and scope of American citizenship, all of which persist and all of which Ekirch handles with remarkable dexterity."
A historian revisits a little-remembered incident, the murderous 1797 mutiny aboard HMS Hermione, and traces its startling ramifications. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 2010

"An engrossing familial and legal tale told with dash and clarity."
A contested inheritance, kidnapping, murder, revenge, a sensational courtroom trial—this true-life narrative by Ekirch (History/Virginia Tech; At Day's Close: Night in Times Past, 2005) sounds like an old-fashioned adventure tale. In fact, it "inspired at least five novels," including Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROGER IS READING A BOOK by Koen Van Biesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 2, 2015

"A slight but tongue-in-cheek import with a mischievous twist. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A noisy neighbor can make reading a bit of a challenge—but there's a clever solution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A conglomeration of fact, lore, and speculation, of primary interest to the natural history buff rather than the usual Caras followers."
An informative, insightful, though also rather dry history of animal domestication through the ages, by ASPCA president Caras, author of numerous fine works on pets and wildlife (The Cats of Thistle Hill, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Charming dog lore for dog lovers, not on a philosophical par with Vickie Hearne's work (Bandit, etc.) but just right for reading by the fire, Rover curled up at your feet. (Twenty-five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Amiable companion volume to A Cat Is Watching (1989), explaining just what goes on in Rover's head, and why. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"With the blessing,' the next Jacky adventure will come along soon. (Fiction. YA)"
The third installment—"and the Dear knows"—of Jacky Faber, now back in England and pressed into ship service despite being all girl and all of 15. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROGER AILES by Zev Chafets
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 2013

"No matter where readers are on the political spectrum, this light biography is a tantalizing look into the life of a man who altered the TV-news landscape."
A chatty look into the life and motivations of Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2000

"On the other hand, all but the most devoted theorists will catch a whiff, sooner or later, of a conference paper run amok."
Psychoanalyst Bayard takes a moment away from teaching French literature to reopen one of the most celebrated murder cases in fiction, with surprising results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROGER IS GOING FISHING by Koen Van Biesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2017

"A clever story whose illustrations lack the warm fuzzies. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The main characters from Roger Is Reading a Book (2015) are back in this picture book, translated from the original Dutch, about a fishing trip that catches more than fish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROGER GETS CARRIED AWAY by Barbara Todd
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp1991 is a little too far out will come along more happily on this ride. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Wild encounters with a succession of toothy, googly-eyed space aliens bring a reluctant lad around to accepting his first pair of glasses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROGER, THE JOLLY PIRATE by Brett Helquist
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"A bit of spindrift for young pirate fans, capped by a brief ballad (not seen). (Picture book. 7-9)"
Helquist takes a break from illustrating "A Series of Unfortunate Events" for a solo debut, offering an eye-rolling account of the pirate flag's origin. Read full book review >